I absolutely sympathize with you. I've been through the gamut with it. If you don't have someone close to you that is familiar with the content, the only solution is to take a course. I wouldn't have passed it without one simply because I didn't even really know what to look for. Seismic Design Category C makes you lazy I guess, but I've never seen anything above that and I generally do delegated design work anyway. To this day, I think it is stupid that I had to have an SE to do what I do, but I digress. <-This is exactly why I'm shooting for a board appointment.
I KNOW how bad it suc